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Lucca Aperitivo Tour with Wine Tasting and Food Sampling

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    New Drop Off location: Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

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    This Lucca tour is all about experiencing the city the real way, by becoming a local for a day! Italy is famed for the importance it places on food and drink, so of course, we’ll learn about (and taste!) lots of it as we go. And along the way, we’ll uncover majestic city walls, narrow roads, tall towers, and arts and crafts shops. You’ll also realise why Lucca is known as the city of 100 churches.

    Your Lucca tour will start at the city’s train station, and from there we’ll walk past the majestic city walls and enjoy a view of Lucca before diving into local life. We’ll head to the city centre, where the beautiful Romanesque marble Cathedral stands.

    Our first food stop will be in a local bakery where we will try cecina, a traditional focaccia bread with unexpected ingredients, alongside a glass of Italian beer.

    We’ll then head to a favourite local spot: San Michele in Foro Square. This is where locals come to meet up with one another, typically for a friendly chat in a nice coffee bar.

    Lucca’s locals love going for aperitivo after work — meeting with friends and spending a few hours indulging in a glass of good wine and some savoury snacks. And because this tour is all about showing you local life, of course our first stop will be an old vineria, a small wine bar typical of the Tuscan tradition, where we’ll order a glass of wine with a snack.

    After a few minutes of walking through the attractive streets, we will reach Amphitheatre Square, the only oval square in Italy that takes the place of the typical Roman amphitheatre. We’ll finally relax with a glass of wine or artisan beer produced in the Garfagnana mountains — and, of course, you can’t sample Italian wine or beer without a side of cured meats and pecorino cheese. And if you want to truly go local, then we invite you to try the typical liqueur of Lucca, Biadina, made from a secret recipe and served with pine nuts.

    Your tour ends here but feel free to hang around, order another drink and soak up the lively atmosphere of the square. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in lovely Lucca.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Lucca railway station, Viale Camillo Benso Cavour, 15, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
    Departure Time
    5:30 PM
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Local, English-speaking guide
    • Food samples - selection of local cured meats and cheese, buffet of local snacks, plus 2 glasses of wine or beer, small glass of local liquor
    • Additional food and drink
    • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
    • Tips and gratuities for the guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please wear casual dress and comfortable shoes for walking
    • Small group of a maximum of 12 people
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • By joining this adventure and participating in the aperitivo tradition, you will experience real local life because this pre-dinner ritual in Lucca is very popular and an important aspect of life in Italy.
    • During your tour there will be three different stops which each represent different ways to do an "aperitivo" in town. By visiting these venues, we are supporting local vendors and promoting local produce.
    • From artisan beer and red wine from the Montecarlo wine area, to Tuscan bread, locally-cured meats and pecorino cheese produced in the nearby Garfagnana area, everything you sample on this tour is a true representation of local cuisine
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    What an incredible, educational and fun tour we had. Diletta is knowledgeable, friendly and fun! She made us feel special. I was especially impressed with her ability to teach us (retired teacher myself) and make wonderful eye contact with each of us! I highly recommend this
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    What a wonderful Appertiv tour by Sara in Lucca. Sara is very knowledgeable about Lucca as I learn so much if I hadn’t taken a tour. We walked into the beautiful Historic Lucca and she explained the history of the walls. It was such a lovely tour, interesting facts of the
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    We had a wonderful afternoom/evening in Lucca with our guide Diletta. She was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. The meet point was also easy and stress free. I enjoyed sampling different foods and drinks. The portions are extremely generous and a great way to try local
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    Response from chiaradeg77, Proprietario at Lucca Aperitivo Tour with Wine Tasting and Food Sampling
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Hi dears, firstly thank to take the time to write this beautiful review about our "Lucca's Aperitivo", we are glad to hear this from you. We are also really happy that you have enjoyed our food stops and our wonderful guide Diletta. Thank you so much, Alle the best for you.
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    We had a fantastic evening in Lucca with Luca. It was such a personal, conversation tour and it was just so nice to be able to hang out and talk with local tour operators about the area and everything that makes it so special. Lucca is a fabulous city to walk around in and we
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    Response from chiaradeg77, Proprietario at Lucca Aperitivo Tour with Wine Tasting and Food Sampling
    Responded 6 Oct 2019
    Hi Samatha, firstly thank you to take the time to write this beautiful words about our "Lucca Aperitivo" we are glad that you have enjoyed our food stops and our guide Luca. It is great to hear this from you. Thank you so much, all the best.
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    My wife and I took the Lucca Apperativo walking tour, guided by Sarah. We learned an enormous amount of Lucca life and history. Had some great gnoshes too! Sarah shared much insight and made it a great fun late afternoon.
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    Response from chiaradeg77, Proprietario at Lucca Aperitivo Tour with Wine Tasting and Food Sampling
    Responded 2 Sep 2019
    Hi Bill, we are really glad to hear this from you!! The "Aperitivo time" here in Lucca is a must in our social life and we are happy that you have enjoyed it!! Thank you also about your positive feedback about our wonderful guide Sara. Remember that you will be always welcome here in Lucca and Tuscany. All the best for you
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